SUGAR: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly….
Sugar has become an important element of our diet today. Many of the food we eat regularly are loaded with sugar. Sometimes you can’t even taste it but it’s still hidden in there, undercover.
It’s true that food loaded with sugar are just delicious, I am one of those sweet-toothed people – Nutella is my sin 🙂 – but when I realized the truth about sugar and how bad it is for my health, I cut it off my diet. I suffered for a while craving sugar but the thought of what it will do to my body pushed the cravings down a bit. The craving doesn’t go away but the negative thought helps me cope with it. I still cheat sometimes, but very rarely now and definitely not on a regular basis and I soooooo feel it in my body when I do.
Let me share this with you. What helped me deal with cutting off sugar is allowing myself one day in the week ( mine was Sunday ), just one day – 24 hrs , to have as many chocolates as I want, as much Nutella as I want. Looking forward to my ” Sweets Day ” helped me deal with the cravings that hit during the six days leading to it. And guess what? On my ” special sweets day” the amount of sweets I could eat was nothing compared to what I would have otherwise consumed had I been having sweets every day. I got nauseous pretty quickly. My body was feeling it too and I guess thanking me for cutting the sugar off . I had more energy during the week and my skin looked better.
But why is sugar bad for your health you will ask?
Sugar is a sticky substance and if left in the bloodstream it will not be burned as energy but rather its particles will start sticking to the cells. Therefore a high consumption of sugar daily, will result in you getting more wrinkles, experiencing a lack of mobility in the joints, dry brittle nails and hair and many other health problems that I will be mentioning later.
Reduce the amount of sugar you consume to a minimum and you will be amazed at the positive change in your skin, how gorgeous it will look, how fabulous it will feel. Your face will brighten up, your energy will hit the ceiling. The reason for this is that sugar and refined carbohydrates that are high in sugar, like sweets and white flour products, will cause an inflammation of the skin which creates high levels of free radicals that will attack the collagen that helps the skin to stay firm. Without enough of this collagen, you will start to notice wrinkles and dryness.
Not only are free radicals poison for your skin they are also deadly for the body, which is another reason why sugar is bad for your health. Free radicals can cause a lot of damage in healthy cells and lead to many illnesses of the body. Usually, the body is able to handle free radicals, a damage will only occur when an excessive amount of free radicals is produced. Especially that the damage from free radicals accumulates with age and gets worse in the absence of antioxidants such as Vitamin C or E, because antioxidant is a substance that removes oxidizing agents which are a possible threat to damaging our body.
Sugary foods can also compromise your immune system. Research has shown that white blood cells are less efficient at fighting illness when exposed to sugar. A diet high in sugar will also raise your insulin levels quickly which can lead to many other health problems. These sugar spikes are followed by a drop in blood sugar which will cause your lack of energy.
It’s no secret that obesity and weight-related illnesses are on the rise in many countries and this is directly attributed to our diets and lifestyle. Our bodies are simply unable to cope with the high levels of sugar that we are ingesting in them. This is why some illnesses like diabetes are at an all time high.
Cutting the excess sugar out of your diet is one of the best things you can do for your health. Your body will absolutely thank you for it. I know that it’s not easy, especially the first few weeks, when you will still experience some sort of craving for sugar but you can try to substitute with fresh fruit which has a natural form of sugar. Eventually your cravings will pass and you’ll start to feel and look great.
Below are over a 100 reasons why Sugar is ruining your health. These are just some of sugar’s metabolic consequences taken from a variety of medical journals and scientific publications.
-Sugar is an addictive substance, it upsets the mineral relationship in the body and can suppress the immune system.
– It reduces our HDL – the good cholesterol and could produce a significant rise in Triglycerides and LDL – the bad cholesterol.
– It reduces our defense against infectious diseases and bacterias.
– Could lead to cancer of the ovaries, breast, prostate and rectum.
– Leads to chromium and copper deficiency.
– Interferes with the absorption of calcium and magnesium.
– Can weaken eyesight.
– Can lead to hypoglycemia.
– Can produce an acidic digestive tract.
– The more Sugar you eat the less tissue elasticity and function you have.
– Sugar can cause a rapid rise of adrenaline levels in children causing them hyperactivity, anxiety, drowsiness, difficulty concentrating and crankiness.
– It can cause premature aging, tooth decay, arthritis, asthma, heart disease, gallstones, appendicitis, multiple sclerosis, cataracts, hemorrhoids, emphysema, atherosclerosis, varicose veins, a decrease in insulin sensitivity , food allergies, myopia ( nearsightedness ) , depression, dizziness, headaches and migraines.
– Can cause indigestion by combining and destroying an enzyme called phosphatase.
– Sugar can make our skin age by changing the structure of collagen.
– Diets high in sugar can cause free radicals and oxidative stress.
– Sugar can cause hormonal imbalance: some hormones become underactive and others become overactive.
– It can lead to alcoholism, periodontal disease ( the branch of dentistry concerned with the structures surrounding and supporting the teeth ) and gum disease.
– Decrease growth hormones.
– Sugar contributes to obesity, saliva acidity, osteoporosis, diabetes.
– It can increase systolic blood pressure, increase the amount of liver fat and increase the size of the liver by making the liver cells divide.
– Can increase water retention in the body.
– Increases the risk of polio, gastric cancer, risk of getting gout and plays a role in pancreatic cancer in women.
– Can damage the pancreas and produce pathological changes in the kidney.
– Can impair the structure of DNA.
– Can lower the vitamin E level in the blood.
– Can change the structure of protein and interfere with its absorption.
– Can cause less effective functioning of two blood proteins, albumin and lipoproteins, which may reduce the body’s ability to handle fat and cholesterol.
– Sugar is the #1 enemy of bowel movement. It increases the concentration of bile acids in stools and bacterial enzymes in the colon which can modify bile to produce cancer-causing compounds and colon cancer.
– It can compromise the lining of the capillaries.
– Can make the tendons more brittle.
– Lowers the enzyme ability to function and reduces our learning capacity.
– Slows food’s travel time through the gastrointestinal tract.
– Sugar can worsen PMS.
– Decrease in sugar intake can increase emotional stability.
– The body changes sugar into 2 to 5 times more fat in the bloodstream than it does starch.
– High intake of sugar: increases the risk of Crohn’s disease ( a chronic inflammatory disease of the intestines ) and ulcerative colitis ( inflammation of the lining of the colon ), impairs the physiological homeostasis of many systems in the body, can cause epileptic seizures and can lead to substantial decrease in gestation duration among adolescents.
– Sugar has the potential of inducing abnormal metabolic processes in a normal healthy individual and to promote chronic degenerative diseases.
– Sugar greatly assists the uncontrolled growth of Candida Albicans ( yeast infections ) and can elevate glucose and insulin responses in oral contraceptive users.
– It can lead to the hypothalamus to become highly sensitive to a large variety of stimuli. ( Hypothalamus is a region of the forebrain below the thalamus that coordinates both the autonomic nervous system and the activity of the pituitary, controlling body temperature, thirst, hunger, and other homeostatic systems, and involved in sleep and emotional activity. )
– Sugar adversely affects urinary electrolyte composition.
– SUGAR FEEDS CANCER !!!
An experiment was done in a juvenile rehabilitation camps where the children were put on a low sugar diet, the outcome was amazing where a 44% drop in antisocial behavior was noticed.
A sign seen in Intensive Care Units that should be put in every house:
” Limiting sugar SAVES lives “.
To me, this says it all !!!!